Moorland Walk

(By Trevor Taylor -  inspired by many long walks on Dartmoor, Devon)

Sunday’s bells break morning stills

Calling country folk to pray

Witch-spelled cats on window sills

Watch children rise to play

Whispers of smoke join mists of the night

Thatched cottages wake from their sleep

Dappled brooks shine with rising light

Winding their way past ancient Keep

Melodies of night slink quietly away

Giving way to tunes of the day

Course Fishermen cast at Chagford Bridge

That has seen full four hundred years

The walker tops  two moors ridge

Following swift eddies and weirs

Old Rushford Bridge beckons, along the brook

First mentioned of old in the Domesday Book

A curlew’s nest in  damp valley mires

A wading bird beloved of old County Squires

Iridescent Lapwing puff their whispy crest

The sharp-eyed walker knows where they nest

The winter flocks ‘home in’ on the moors

Nesting deep in the crag of the Tors

The never-ending song of the Skylark calls

To the poet in the walker’s mind

From within the Tussock a song enthralls

The skylark’s tune a poet’s true find

The winchats call out from their bilberry house

Safe long return from African weather

Homed in bracken frond, willow, high plateau and heather

Amongst warblers and stonechats and striking red- grouse

A walk in the moors is nature’s gift

To sooth the walker’s life long way

A moment in time for spirits to lift

A memory at twilight of day

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 Trevor,

What a great poem.  I really love the language of it even the words I don't know.  I really felt like I was on those walks with you.  Thank you for sharing.  Hope to see more of your poetry.

John

Thank you John - the West Country here has quite a distinct voice which I tried to be true to when I penned that poem yesterday....
 
John Lowe said:

 Trevor,

What a great poem.  I really love the language of it even the words I don't know.  I really felt like I was on those walks with you.  Thank you for sharing.  Hope to see more of your poetry.

John

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